Yet, the #EU somehow does not think #Bulgaria is a big issue, due to the fact that PM (and ex-bodyguard of #Soviet General Secretary Todor Zhivkov) @BoykoBorissov "behaves", unlike #Orban and #Kaczyński, who openly challenge the Union. Borissov's party is also member of @EPP 2/13
#MediaFreedom-wise, 80% of the print media in the country is owned by MP #Peevski, whose pro-gov tabloids (with the generous help of other pro-gov actors who get nice rewards in return such as property #Blaskov) stifle #opposition and manage vast #antiEU smear campaigns 3/13
It all started last year with Ukraine’s new education law requiring more Ukrainian language education for minorities who previously had much bigger autonomy. This ‘reform’ is a tool of Ukrainian nation-building&was primarily aimed at restricting Russian language education.
Collateral damage occurred as Polish, Romanian&Hungarian minorities were affected as well. Poland&Romania managed to solve the situation with Ukraine through negotiations but Hungary went berserk instead. Here’s a very good summary in English by @OSW_eng: osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/…
@phoenix_de@guyverhofstadt Die Bürgerrechte der @The3Million sowie @BritishInEurope finden trotz allem zu wenig Gewichtung! Die EU hat nur dann eine Zukunft, wenn sie sich weniger von Lobbygruppen&mächtigen Wirtschaftsunternehmen leiten lässt&ein Bürgerparlament installiert,das mit entscheidet&konrolliert!
There are only 2 universities in #Hungary, that award M.A.degrees in gender studies.
Although gender studies has been offered for years by hundreds of universities in Europe and North America, Hung.universities did not offer the discipline until last year
Highlights fro #Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on foreign interference via social media platforms:
"Election interference from abroad represents an intolerable assault on the democratic foundation this republic was built on" per @SenatorBurr
"It's also important that the American people know that these activities neither began nor ended with the 2016 elections" per @SenatorBurr "Foreign actors continue an aggressive and pervasive influence campaign against the #UnitedStatesofAmerica"
What is at stake at today's vote in #Hungary parliament?
Individuals helping migrants could be criminalized for legitimate activities and could face up to a year in prison. Even being a "suspect" will have a serious personal effect on the lives of people. @hrw explainer:
And more.. asylum seekers applying to get protection will face new admissibility criteria making it virtually impossible for them to be recognized as refugees, especially without the legal and psycho-social support from independent groups and experts.
NGOs and volunteers who try to challenge this zero protection system, report on abuses at the border and in detention, or provide any form of support will be under constant threat of prosecution. It is already nearly impossible to access critical areas and report on conditions.
Only 30 countries took part in the #Israeli Foreign Ministry’s gala celebrating the new #US embassy in #Jerusalem last week. Not coincidentally, Israel’s ties with most of them are based on arms sales used to carry out gross human rights violations
Following 1967 War, #Israel began a diplomatic campaign to convince countries to oppose resolutions demanding it to unilaterally withdraw from the occupied territories. Israel attempted to buy votes of "murderous dictatorships" & military juntas in exchange for weapons & training
Isreali outlets such at @TimesofIsrael and @HamodiaIL also ran with the news. @haaretzcom actually went so far as to publish an infograph that included #Nigeria's name as one of the country's "celebrating with them" on the grand new opening...
Last month I wrote about Viktor #Orban's assault on the hardware of #Hungary's democracy — its constitution, electoral system and judiciary. Here's the follow-up piece on how he's also gone after its "software" — culture, civil society, and education nytimes.com/2018/03/27/wor…
You can see it in the little changes to the textbooks